That Democrats Are in Damage Control Mode Over Cuba Is Telling

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It should be a time of celebration for all of America. At the time of this writing, the Cuban people are in the midst of major protests against the communism that has infected its people for far too long. They want something better than the scraps they’ve been forced to persist on thanks to an out-of-control communist regime, and they should. They’re human.

As Americans, we should be cheering on Cuba as a country, so it’s a bit odd to see Democrats and our own media twisting the situation in various ways to make it seem less like a desire for freedom and more about anything else.

Let’s get one thing straight about the Cuban protests. This is 110 percent about an end to communism. They don’t like it. They don’t want it. They want something better, and the fact that you see a few American flags being waved during these protests gives you a pretty solid idea as to what they want.

What are the Democrats saying?

As RedState has pointed out, our own officials have attempted to make this about a lack of food and medicine in the era of COVID, and while they’re not wrong, they never really go into detail as to why Cubans are experiencing this problem. Even President Joe Biden’s statement wasn’t bad but it didn’t say anything about the prime concern the Cuban people would like addressed:

“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden said in a statement.

“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected,” Biden said.

“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

Why are they not saying the word “communism” outright? It’s as if they’re being careful about painting it as the bad guy, but it clearly is. In fact, the Cubans are outright targeting the communist party HQ and telling them Cuba is not theirs.

Why the exemption? I have a theory.

Because doing so would anger Biden’s base and he needs their help in the upcoming midterm elections. He’s going to need the help of star-powered politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, both of whom have an ability to draw in college-aged crowds and many of whom recently polled as being more in favor of socialism than capitalism as reported by National Review:

Among Americans aged 18-24, the poll reports that only 42 percent of those surveyed regardless of political affiliation have a positive view of capitalism, while 54 percent have a negative view. Only two years ago, the same polling survey had 58 percent of the same demographic favoring capitalism, while 38 percent had a negative view.

These changes aren’t just confined to shifts among younger progressive-leaning Americans. In 2019, 81 percent of those who leaned Republican, aged 18-34, had a positive opinion of capitalism. Now, however, only 66 percent of this demographic maintain this view.

Young Americans are historically an unreliable voting bloc, but they sure are great at selling messages. Even if they don’t show up to the voting booths come time to vote, they’ve at least done their part in carrying the Democrat’s water.

Socialism does two things for the Democrats. Firstly, it keeps the youth in line, and secondly, it provides an emotional narrative base from which to attack Republicans. It’s easy to convince people that you’re the party that cares when you’re willing to give other people’s money to the “needy” and spend more on things like public schools that teach your children to be good Democrats.